Desktop Metal adds Generative AI Solutions to AM

  • March 13, 2023
  • William Payne

Additive manufacturing technology specialist Desktop Metal has launched a suite of software supporting Generative AI for Additive Manufacturing 2.0. Boston-based Desktop Metal’s Live Suite will provide new functionality across Team DM brands. The company specialises in the development of technologies designed for mass-production additive manufacturing applications.

The new software builds on the company’s Live Sinter simulation software and enables additive manufacturing in 3D printed metal, polymer, and ceramic parts. The software uses a multi-physics approach utilising advanced GPUs to simulate end-to-end printing and sintering processes and applies machine learning to calibrate simulation processes to match real-world results for the world’s largest install base of binder jet systems.

“AM 2.0 is a digital manufacturing process that is ultimately powered by software, and we believe Live Suite offers the most intuitive and powerful AM software on the market,” said Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “Live Suite is the culmination of six years of development by our talented global software team to make AM technology easy to use and ensure it delivers the highest quality results with the most intelligent approaches. As a result, the high level of success that users of our binder jet and DLP technology experience today is simply unmatched.”

Live Suite will come standard with most new hardware this year, and it eliminates the need for users to purchase other expensive 3D printing software programs to use their equipment. “Our strategy remains focused on keeping digital manufacturing accessible, so our users have the tools they want and don’t pay for expensive features they don’t need,” Fulop said.

Live Platform is the cloud-based hub for Live Suite applications and provides the ability to provision and manage Desktop Metal 3D printing systems and users, as well as access firmware updates, knowledge, and technical support. It allows a range of application-specific options, such as part serialisation or optimised build instructions for specific parts ranging from dentures to valves. Examples of special add-on features include Autopilot, which automates build preparation for both dental and additional part-specific applications, and Live Monitor, which will soon be available to remotely view jobs as they progress through printers and ancillary equipment.

Live Suite comprises:

  • Live Sinter, an application that simplifies production of sintered metal parts via binder jetting with generative AI multi-physics sintering simulation and scan-based adjustments designed to deliver parts with tight tolerances by predicting and generating sinter-ready, printable designs in around 20 minutes.
  • Live Build MFG is a desktop-based build preparation software that supports build preparation for binder jet 3D printing of metal, wood, ceramic, and sand designs.
  • Live Build DLP is desktop-based build preparation software for customers of Desktop Health and ETEC digital light processing (DLP) printers for photopolymer, elastomer and foam.
  • Live Studio is a cloud-based build preparation software that supports slicing and build preparation for Desktop Metal’s Bound Metal Deposition systems, including the Studio System 2.